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The best way to get into London
Member Name: Littlegreenlady
Advantages: Reliable, cheap train service to London
Ditch your Virgin tickets now and head towards Chiltern railways. If you want to go from Birmingham to London cheaply and actually arrive on time (or arrive at all), then Chiltern Railways is the way to go!
The Birmingham to London route starts at Birmingham Snow Hill and goes to London Marylebone. Along the way it stops at Birmingham Moor Street, Warwick, Leamington Spa, Banbury, Bicester North and High Wycombe. The journey time is just under two hours.
London Marylebone is a small station but just as handy as any other. It has a tube station as well, and as the station is small, it's a matter of a few minutes to get off your train and onto the tube. The tube station is on the Bakerloo line so you can get around London just as easily.
Birmingham Snow HIll and Moor Street stations are easily accessible from the centre of Birmingham and Moor Street is a five minute walk from New Street station. Like Marylebone, they are small but contain what you need. Moor St has a small cafe and a newsagents.
The best thing about the journey is the trains. They are clean, tidy, don't smell, they have charge points for your mobile/laptop, quiet zones, a buffet cart service and toilets. What more could you want or need. I use this line several times a year and have never experienced a serious delay or problem.
They have a range of special offers for London tickets. If you book in advance, they have tickets from £5 for a single. All you have to do is book the time of the train. The ticket is emailed or texted to you, so all you have to do is print it off, or remember to take your mobile. Tickets available to buy on the day can be decently priced as well, especially if you're not travelling at peak times.
Summary: An efficient and inexpensive rail service between London and Birmingham.